A diagnosis is made via a medical professional’s evaluation, based on specific criteria.
For medical professionals to diagnose obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, individuals must be persistently preoccupied with order, perfectionism, and control of self, others, and situations, as shown by at least four of the following:
- They are preoccupied with details, rules, schedules, organisation, and lists.
- Their attempts to do something perfectly interferes with completion of tasks.
- They are extremely devoted to work and productivity (not because of financial necessity), resulting in neglect of leisure activities and friends.
- They are excessively conscientious, exacting, and inflexible regarding ethical and moral issues and values.
- They resist throwing out worn-out or worthless objects, even those with no sentimental value.
- They are reluctant to delegate or work with other people unless others agree to do things exactly as they want.
- They are reluctant to spend money on themselves and others because they see it as something to be saved for future disasters.
- They are rigid and stubborn.
Also, symptoms must have begun by early adulthood.